Businesses to compete for “King of the BooLVD”

Vintage Styles Now has decorated its store front to compete for the coveted "King of the BooLVD" title.

LANCASTER The BLVD district encompasses more than 180 businesses; and 42 of these businesses are participating in the BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival Saturday. Eleven BLVD businesses will go the extra mile, decorating their store fronts with hauntingly fun decorations to compete for the coveted “King of the BooLVD” trophy Saturday.

“The award-winning BooLVD event has become a downtown Lancaster tradition,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris.  “We couldn’t put an event of this magnitude on without the support of the many business owners who participate in this one-of-a-kind event, making The BLVD truly a destination for your senses.”

More than 180,000 pieces of candy will be handed out by BooLVD business owners between 5 and 7 p.m.

Candice and Chris Beatty, owners of Juice Box and Studio ’81, will host a kid-friendly haunted house, while competing for the BooLVD title and trophy.

“Juice Box is going to be participating in the decorating contest this year as a new business and we look forward to winning the title,” Candice said.

“We decided to do a full cemetery scene with a witch, coffins, and lots of fog in front of the store,” said Vintage Styles Now owner Adam Chant.

The BooLVD Halloween and Harvest Festival takes place from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, October 29, on The BLVD between Beech and Gadsden Avenues. This year’s BooLVD will feature a variety of activities and entertainment, such as pumpkin carving, hay rides, carnival games, spine-tingling BLVD tours, a semi-scary movie, pumpkin decorating, a mini farmers’ market, and a children’s costume contest.

A tribute to Michael Jackson’s Thriller will be performed on the event’s main stage, located at the intersection of Ehrlich Avenue and The BLVD, at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Other entertainment for the evening will include magic shows by Godfrey the Magician and music by the “Fright Night Singers.”

For more information contact the City of Lancaster Parks, Recreation, and Arts Department at 661-723-6077.

(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster)